Rick Stevson, associate director of admissions, has been named to the additional role of director of inclusion and outreach at Saint Thomas Academy. Following the civil unrest in the Twin Cities this year, Stevson was chosen to lead the school’s diversity outreach task force. In his new role, he will dedicate more time to keeping diversity and inclusion at the forefront for the faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni.

An Academic Support Center has opened at Washington Technology Magnet School, 1495 Rice St., to provide in-person academic and/or social-emotional support for Saint Paul public school students in grades preK-12 and their families during distance learning. Additional sites will open at a later date based on demand and availability of staff. Students can receive up to four hours of support each day. Healthy snacks will be provided in the morning and afternoon, and transportation can be arranged. Visit spps.org/asc.

Reading Partners Twin Cities is launching a new online tutoring program called Reading Partners Connects to provide one-to-one literacy instruction to students where in-school educational programs are no longer permitted due to the pandemic. Donations are being sought at readingpartners.org to allow the nonprofit organization to continue its work. Volunteers also can sign up online to get on the contact list for tutoring. For more information, visit readingpartners.org.

Saint Paul Conservatory of Music executive artistic director Cléa Galhano stepped down from her position this summer, which marked her 15th year in that role with the organization. The conservatory’s board of directors has formed a search committee whose members will work in the coming year to identify her successor. The conservatory is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a nonprofit organization during the 2020-21 season. A 20th anniversary concert on May 13, 2021, will honor Galhano. Visit thespcm.org.

Rick Stevson

Nabila Mohamed, a 2014 graduate of Central High School, and Sofia Cerkvenik, a 2014 graduate of Highland Park High School, have been awarded grants by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to carry out research projects abroad in the coming year. Mohamed graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2017 and planned to travel to the United Arab Emirates to participate in a study with the Public Health Research Center at NYU Abu Dhabi. Cerkvenik earned bachelor’s degrees at the U of M in 2018 and completed a master’s degree in 2019. She planned to travel to Peru to study the relationship between participation in sports and academic performance among school-age girls. A varsity soccer player at Highland, she played with a women’s team while previously studying abroad in Peru.


Hannah Lorenz-Meyer, a senior at Saint Paul Academy, has received a Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowship in Human Rights and Law for the 2020-2021 school year from World Without Genocide, a human rights organization based at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Lorenz-Meyer was chosen to work on research and writing about the sex trafficking of Native American women.


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